Odds of Getting Pregnant with a Low Sperm Count
As you probably well know by now, around 40 percent of all fertility problems that couples experience have to do with male factor infertility. Another 20 percent have to do with both a problem in the male and the female, meaning that more often than not the man has at least some involvement in the fertility formula. One of the most common problems that men have in that department is a low sperm count. In fact, a low sperm count is the most common cause for male infertility issues. (Other issues, like low sperm motility and abnormal sperm make up the remainder of male infertility issues.)
How likely you are to get pregnant with a low sperm count depends on a number of factors. First of all, you need to understand what having a low sperm count means. Sperm count is measured by counting the number of sperm in a certain volume of semen. An average sperm count is between 40 and 300 million sperm per milliliter of semen. A man is said to have a low sperm count if his sperm count is below 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. If your sperm count is below 20 million, the chances of getting pregnant are greatly impacted.
Your odds of getting pregnant with a low sperm count dramatically increase with treatment. Some treatments go more along the lines of preventing a low sperm count, while others directly try to increase it. For example, in some cases low sperm count is caused by excessive testicular heat. Wearing looser underwear and avoiding saunas and hot tubs can help. In other cases, low sperm count is caused by an illness or an infection, and getting rid of that will fix the sperm count problem.
Some men just naturally have a low sperm count. There are a number of advanced types of fertility treatments, including things like ICSI and IVF, that can get around the low sperm count problem, too.